Miami street artist, David Anasagasti, has sued American Eagle Outfitters for copyright infringement. Anasagasti, also known as AholSniffsGlue, has alleged in his complaint that the retailer used his work on its website, social media campaigns, and in advertising such as billboards and in-store displays worldwide. The work that the street artist alleges is one that features his signature eyeballs. The eyeballs are featured on the walls of buildings in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.
Anasagasti alleges that American Eagle has used the artwork in advertising images all over the world, ranging from window displays in Tokyo to walls outside its store in Columbia. The images are also on billboards in New York City, and several images on the retailer’s website.
It seems to be a trend for retailers to use artists’ work without authorization. Recently, Urban Outfitters was hit with a lawsuit by a print-based artist for using his print on products that it sold.
Anasagasti is claiming that the retailer never sought approval to use the artists’ work and never offered compensation. The street artist is asking for damages, profits derived from the infringement, and an injunction keeping American Eagle from using the artwork in the future.
Like Forever21, Urban Outfitters has an uncanny knack of getting sued for infringement for the products it sells. This time its being sued for copyright infringement by print-based artist, James Soares, also known as Spires. Spires discovered that the hipster fashion brand was selling a skirt by a clothing line called Bambam Cloth, who apparently appropriated the design of his original print, tryppyzoyd, onto the design of a skirt. He posted this picture on his Tumblr, showing the uncanny resemblance between his work and the UO skirt.
It was the cover heard around the world. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had finally worn down the ever so resolute Anna Wintour and landed the April cover of Vogue. Many in the fashion community were shocked and rather outraged that a woman who has no discernible talent other than being famous for being famous landed the most coveted cover in the fashion industry, and possibly all of publishing. Many questioned Wintour’s decision to do so, but she defended her decision and stood her ground, stating that Kardashian “has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight … through the strength of her character.” This is somewhat debatable….
Before the issue hit the newsstand, Vogue released a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot, as it has done in the past with other high-profile covers. The video featured Kim, Kanye and baby North being photographed for their cover by renowned photographer, Annie Liebovitz. Accompanying the imagery was Kanye’s song, Bound 2 (the same song whose music video depicted Kim and Kanye riding a motorcycle).